It would seem almost impossible to talk about charity, giving, and self-fulfillment without mentioning the Make A Wish Foundation. Its mission is simple: To grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.
Make A Wish Foundationに言及せずに、チャリティー、寄付、自己実現について話すことはほとんど不可能に思えます。 その使命は単純です。生命を脅かす病状の子供たちの願いを叶えて、希望、強さ、喜びで人間の経験を豊かにすることです。
On Nov. 15, 2013, the foundation along with the San Francisco police and fire departments, the late mayor Ed Lee, and thousands of volunteers turned the city into Gotham (the fictional city protected by DC comics’ Batman) and allowed Miles Scott, a 5 year-old leukemia patient, to dress up as his favourite hero, fight crime, and save the city.
Initially, Patricia expected 200 people to show up, but thanks to social media, upwards of 25,000 came – some even flying – to support Miles. On top of that, an estimated 2 billion people from around the world watched the event online.
And although Patricia has recently stepped down from her post after 17 years of service, her work will undoubtedly continue to inspire. “It’s so gratifying. We give them a little bit of their childhood back that’s been robbed.” Miles Scott is now cancer-free.
Have you ever had the opportunity to do something to help children?
I have never done anything especially to help children. But I have had some opportunities to guide the children who came to our airport for their off-campus lesson. I have spent time with children in the kindergarten where my sons attended.
Of course, I remember my childhood wish or dream. First of all, I wanted to be a chef, but the reason why I don’t know. After that, I wanted be a train driver or pilot. I was also interested in foreign countries, and I memorized all of national flags at that time when I was 4 years old.
What kind of presence does Make A Wish have in your country?
To be honest, I think “Make A Wish” is not so famous in Japan. I didn’t know about “Make A Wish” until I read this article. But, reading from their homepage, I know that they have helped 3,580 children to make their dreams come true. In such meaning, they are also doing activities positively in Japan, I think.
If you do something for a very long time, do you think it can still remain fulfilling?
I think it is possible for us to do something for a long time with fulfillment. Even if we do same things for a long time, we can continue to make different targets in various aspects. Also if our status changes, the way of thinking or regarding to the things will be changed. In such meaning, even if we continue something for a long time, it is possible for us to keep getting self-fulfillment.
No, there is not specific. But I want to help my sons to accomplish if they have something want to do. They are still university students and they don’t have specific purpose for their business, but if they need my help, I willingly help them anything what I can do.
Hi Ko! Well done in clearly comprehending today’s story, and I appreciate how you always do your best in class. Good job keeping up with our discussion today; you’re certainly on the right track. Have a great day, till next time!